County considers making airport improvements

County considers making airport improvements


Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:41 PM EDT

With the guidance of a recently reconstituted airport authority board, the Charlton County Commission is looking at making major improvements at the county airport and — possibly — even moving it.

At last week’s regular county commission meeting, the board unanimously approved the airport authority’s request to apply for up to $140,000 a year in FAA grants. No local match of funds would be required if the grants are received and they could be “banked” for several years to accumulate enough money for major projects.

The commissioners also agreed to hire a certified airport engineer and consultant. The county will begin interviewing candidates for the job after the first of the year and expects to make a hire by next May.

Once selected, the engineer will prepare an additional Airport Master Plan grant application on behalf of the airport authority.

“No local funds will be spent or obligated for any project or engineering services prior to being approved for the grant program,” County Administrator Al Crace explained. “The county will be obligated for only administrative expenses for preparing the grant request.”

If received, the master plan grant would provide funding of 90 percent for airport projects, with a 10 percent local match required.


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